Thursday, April 01, 2010

Make-a-Genre Contest

Well, if Locus says it, it *must* be true. See below for contest submission information.

Tachyon Publications Announces First Annual Make-a-Genre Contest

by C.J. Klempest
-posted @ 4/01/2010 12:01:00 AM PT

Tachyon Publications publisher Jacob Weisman today announced a competition to invent a new subgenre of science fiction and fantasy. "Over the past few years we've published a series of books which group writers who have never heard of one another into tightly-knit literary movements," says Weisman. "Our slipstream, steampunk, post-cyberpunk, and new weird anthologies have done very well for us."

However, since Tachyon's stable of editors has so far failed to come up with any new titles for the 2010-11 publishing season, Weisman has decided to turn to the general public for ideas. "Ideally we'd like a book that has makes the case that Stephen King, Audrey Niffenegger, Michael Crichton, Diana Gabaldon, Robert Jordan, Garrison Keillor, Neil Gaiman, and Nora Roberts have worked in close concert over the years to push speculative fiction to the cutting edge. Of course, the list of contributors is negotiable, depending on the genre you decide to invent. Just hit us with your best shot."

The Make-A-Genre contest is open to all readers and writers over the age of twenty-one.... "A catchy name for your genre is a definite plus," adds Bernie Goodman, Tachyon's Vice President of Long Range Planning. First prize is publication in Tachyon's fall list. "We're hoping to debut this book at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus," says Weisman, "and if we get the response we anticipate, we'll continue the contest on a yearly basis."

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So email Make.a.Genre@tachyonpublications.com with your entry. The winner gets to bankroll their own Tachyon anthology - all you have to do is put up the money for the story acquisitions; cover and interior art and design; copyediting/proofreading; printing advance galleys and finished books; PR (Matt Staggs will do you proud), and distribution fees. Submissions must be in by April 1st, 11:59 p.m. P.S.T.

Perhaps you will be inspired by the planned sequel to today's brand-new Tachyon release, The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals. Yes, it's the next VanderMeer/Evil Monkey instant classic, The Goyim Guide to Tainted Meats. So very delectable, yet so not for the faint of stomach.

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